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Steel mill exceeds 90% of design capacity

5th June 2001 Western Cape state-of-the-art steel mill Saldanha Steel has announced that it has exceeded 90% of its design capacity for the month of May 2001. 

Rebuff

1st June 2001 Rebuff specialises in the manufacture of coated and non-woven abrasive products, polishing buffs and polishing compounds, made of cotton, sisal and various abrasives. 

Plan to increase stainless consumption

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The local stainless-steel industry has embarked on an ambitious plan to increase South Africa’s consumption from 120 000 t a year to a million tons a year within the next ten years. 

A job for every 6 t of aluminium

By: System Author     1st December 2000 With the possibility of one job being created downstream for every six tons fabricated, the Southern African aluminium industry holds significant potential for economic development in the region. 

FACTORY FILE

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Boom on way for aluminium exporter 

R3m motor order for local firm

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Indian Ocean fertiliser 

Read the manual

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Electrically Speaking 

New yardstick for materials- testing, and other hitech

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hitech Briefs 

SA steel vehicle barrier for US embassy in DRC

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Local company Mega Steels, of Pretoria West, Gauteng, has completed its first export contract. 

Doubling of entries bodes well for industry

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sassda 

Innovative air-belt conveyor system

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sugar refiner Tongaat-Hulett contracted Hoksas & Craven, along with Cargill & Associates, to carry out the design, manufacture and installation of an air-belt conveyor system to replace the existing conventional system at its refinery in Durban. 

Gas pipeline, Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Sasol Gas intends to construct a new 12-inch steel pipeline to supply methane-rich gas to Engen’s premises in Wentworth, Durban. 

Cast-aluminium furniture exports

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Local furniture company, Outdoor Lifestyle, has achieved international success in the US, the UK, the Middle East and Australia, the exporting cast- 

Largest smelter in Europe being built

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

The world’s first coloured escalator steps in South Africa

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Lifts, escalators & passenger conveyors 

Ahead of schedule, under budget – again

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Six months ahead of schedule, and $100-million under budget, Billiton’s $1,2-billion, 250 000 t/y, Mozal aluminium smelter was officially opened by Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano on September 21. 

Aluminium smelter to get more power

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Discussions are under way between the Mozambique Transmission Company and Mozal for an additional 425 MW power supply in 2003, which is in line with the Mozal project plan to double its output. 

Aluminium smelter upgrade studies by mid-2001

By: System Author     29th September 2000 The feasibility studies into possible expansions of aluminium-smelter operations in South Africa and Mozambique will be completed by the middle of next year. 

Stainless-steel partnership surfacing

By: System Author     29th September 2000 South Africa’s only integrated stainless-steel producer, Columbus Stainless, has recommitted itself to the development of the local downstream stainless-steel industry with the announcement of its intention to embark on a market assessment study with German steel trader Ferrostaal. 

Entrepreneur extraordinary

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Still developing product at 80, this engineering innovator has turned over a billion rands and 70 000t of steel product in the past half-century 

Efficiency focus at troubled steel firm

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 South African steelmaker Iscor is determined to achieve continuous improvements in efficiency. 

Cape steel-mill to be among fifth-cheapest within two years

By: System Author     15th September 2000 The Iscor/Industrial Development Corporation-owned hot-rolled coil steel plant at Saldanha in the Western Cape is aiming, over the next 18 to 24 months, to become one of the five lowest-cost producing mills in the world in its quality bracket. 

Past provides base for the future

By: System Author     15th September 2000 World power products 

More downstream stainless being exported

By: System Author     1st September 2000 This year, for the first time ever, the South African stainless-steel industry could convert more product for export than for local consumption. 

Stainless offset think-tank this month

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A team comprising representatives from government, stainless-steel producer Columbus and European steel trader Ferrostaal will meet later this month to develop a marketing and investment plan for the R1,1-billion stainless-steel offset project arising from South Africa’s purchase of German... 

Battery raises hope for vanadium

By: System Author     18th August 2000 While Anglo American may have turned its back on the once much-vaunted Zebra battery programme, one of its subsidiaries is now 

Structural steel firms get export act together

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Members of South Africa’s structural-steel export council, known as International Steel Fabricators, plan on exporting some 25 000 t of value-added structural steel to the value of R210-million this year. 

Colour-coated steel has an improved performance

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A new range of colour-coated steel, which is more durable and cost-effective than post-construction hand- or spray-painted products, has been launched by Iscor. 

Aluminium treatment broadens application

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Developments to Watch 

Submarine deal secures stainless-steel plant

By: System Author     21st July 2000 The South African government has signed off the German Submarine Consortium’s (GSC’s) offset offer, making the proposed stainless-steel facility at Coega a near certainty 

Investment in people and equipment is paying off

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Wheels firm profitable again

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Johannesburg chrome-alloy wheel manufacturer Smith’s Wheels is returning to profitability after undergoing extensive organisational change. 

SA produces 61% of African steel

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Confidence levels need to increase

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Empowerment steel company offering competitive service

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Globalisation creating challenges

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

Why I returned – De Clercq

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Steel 

 

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